29 Shaban 1434 / 09 July 2013 Tuesday
The ‘Rooyat Hilal Committee’ Darul Uloom Deoband announced that the moon was not sighted on 29th Shaban; therefore 10 July will be 30th day of Shaban and the holy month of Ramadhan will start from 11 July 2013 Thursday.
May Allah make Ramadhan a source of piety, virtue, peace and spiritual progress for all! Amen!
Imam Muhammad Qasim al-Nanawtawi International Institute of Islamic Thought (معھد الامام محمد قاسم النانوتوی العالمی للفکر الاسلامی) based in Deoband sought applications from students and graduates apiring to get admission in the institute.
In 1866 CE Deoband became the center of Islamic Intellectual revolution led by Al-Nanawtawi, in the year 2012 CE Imam Muhammad Qasim Al-Nanawtawi International Institute of Islamic Thought has been established for reviving Al-Nanawtawi’s legacy.
Al-Nanawtawi’s Deoband movement reinstated the legacy of Shah Wali-Allah of Delhi. Thus, Deoband became center of post-colonial India’s first Sunni Islamic intellectual revolution.
The establishment of IMQIIIT is the renaissance of Islamic intellectualism and Islamic thought in Indian subcontinent.
IMQIIIT aims to introduce the thoughts and revolutionary literature of Deobandi Ulama to the Islamic/Arab and the Western communities of the scholars. Worldwide scholar community and especially those inspired by Al-Nanawtawi’s Deoband movement are wholeheartedly welcome for their intellectual contribution.
IMQIIIT offers post-graduate study programs and research in Islamic Thought.
Website: www.islamicthought.edu.in / www.qasim-deoband.com
Mumbai/Deoband 16 April 2013
Markazul Ma'arif Education & Research Centre (MMERC), Mumbai declares entrance test dates for the batch-20013-2015 for Diploma in English Language and Literature (DELL) course for all its 5 centres across India. Maulana M. Burhanuddin Qasmi, Director of MMERC, Mumbai described in a press statement that the combined entrance test will be for total 90 seats -30 in MMERC, Mumbai, 20 in Institute for Higher Studies, New Delhi, 15 in Markaz-e Islami Education & Research Centre, Ankleashwar, Gujarat, 15 in Al-Ma'hadul Imam Shah Waliullah Education & Research Centre, New Delhi and 10 in Jamia Jalalia, Hojai, Assam. The written and oral test is to be conducted on 30 & 31 May 2013 at Jamiatus Shaikh Hussian Ahmad Madni, Deoband.
MMERC, a sister concern of Assam based Markazul Ma'arif (NGO) was established in Delhi in 1994 by Maulana Badruddin Ajmal and later shifted to Mumbai in 1998. Basking in the glory of success MMERC enters in the nineteenth year of its novel concept in the academia- to teach English language with other modern subjects of the age to the fresh Ulama- the Madrasa graduates. It introduced a two-year course, 'Diploma in English Language and Literature' (DELL) first time in the world to educate the Ulama in a completely new environment and equip them with subjects hitherto unknown to them such as English language, Computer & Internet, Comparative study of religions, History, basic of Geography, Mathematics, Political science and other general sciences.
MMERC renders educational services for free. It also provides the students with basic amenities of like lodging, food and etc. In addition to its own trained teaching faculties the institution hires the services of the accomplished visiting faculties for the above-mentioned subjects. The institution aims at helping the students to demonstrate their skilful articulation of thoughts and presentations about their religion- Islam and to boost their confidence to face the challenges of the modern world and ultimately serve the nation with respect.
Maul. Burhanuddin Qasmi also informed that MMERC conducts a highly competitive entrance test every year with set of objective type questionnaires. The test divides in two phases- oral and written covering five subjects as a whole- Arabic Language & Literature, Hadith, Fiqh, Tafseer and general knowledge. Having the degree of Alimiat or Fazilat from any popular Madrasa of India one is entitled to sit in the combined entrance exams for DELL in all the centers to make it to the final list, said Qasmi.
Application forms with prospectus can be availed and submitted at Dept. of English language in Darul Uloom and at Dept. of Computer and Internet in Darul Waqf Deoband along with all the MMERC affiliated centres from 10 to 28 May, 2013. The application form with prospectus will also be available on internet at www.markazulmaarif.org/mmerc/ and www.deoband.net .
New Delhi, Jan. 11: 2013
A commemorative postal stamp on silk letter movement (1915, 1916) launched by Shaikhul Hind Maulana Mahmood Hasan Deobandi--- a pioneer of the freedom struggle, prisoner of Malta and trainer of thousands of freedom fights stalwarts including Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani, Maulana Mufti Kifayatullah and Maulana Ubaidullah Sindhi--- was released here by the president of India Parnab Mukharjee at Vigyan Bhawan today. Speaking on the occasion The President expressed happiness that Department of Posts has done its bit by issuing postage stamps to acknowledge contribution of various groups and movements which contributed in the overall effort to liberate India. He said “The sacrifices of individuals and groups, such as those associated with the Silk Letter Movement, constitute a glorious chapter of India’s history of freedom struggle and need to be acknowledged and appreciated.
He said “The sacrifices of individuals associated with the Silk Letter Movement constitute a glorious chapter of India’s history of Freedom struggle and need to be acknowledged and appreciated. The stories of struggle need to be told and retold to a young generation born in a free India and enjoying the fruits of liberty, said President of India Pranab Mukherjee while releasing commemorative postal stamp on the Silk Letter Movement here on Friday.”
“As we all know, 15th August, 1947 was the culmination of almost two hundred years of resistance, intense political activity, including fasts, marches, protests, agitations and various types of movements…The Silk Letter Movement was one such effort from a group of revolutionaries. This movement was a plan to mobilize the support of the governments of Afghanistan and Turkey in organizing a revolt within India to overthrow the British rule. Obaidullah Sindhi and Maulana Mahmood Hasan were two important leaders of this movement. In August 1916, some letters written on silk fell into British hands. It is believed that the Silk Letters confiscated by British Government contained details of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind and its plans and a comprehensive scheme of forming an army and getting the support of the Turkish Government,” said the President addressing the 60th Session of Shaikhul Hind’s Silk Letter Movement Centenary.”
The full text of the president speech is hereunder:
It is ndeed a happy occasion for me to be present here for the release of a stamp dedicated on ‘Silk Letter Movement’. As we all know, 15th August, 1947 was the culmination of almost two hundred years of resistance, intense political activity, including fasts, marches, protests, agitations and various types of movements. As we look back on the epic saga of this struggle, we are struck by the long drawn out and valiant fight put up by people from almost all walks of life without any thought towards their personal comfort and security. It was a widespread movement of multifaceted dimensions. In this movement people of various persuasions, following different ideologies, presented a multipronged resistance to foreign rule. This unique struggle was marked by a variety of approaches adopted by the people to rid the nation of the foreign domination. People who participated in the struggle belonged to various schools of thought and varied outlooks. Despite differences in their approaches and the methods of resistance to the foreign rule, they were all united in their desire to secure liberation for their motherland from yoke of colonial rule.
The Silk Letter Movement was one such effort from a group of revolutionaries. This movement was a plan to mobilize the support of the governments of Afghanistan and Turkey in organizing a revolt within India to overthrow the British rule. Obaidullah Sindhi and Maulana Mahmood Hasan were two important leaders of this movement. In August 1916, some letters written on silk fell into British hands. It is believed that the Silk Letters confiscated by British Government contained details of the Provisional Government of Azad Hind and its plans and a comprehensive scheme of forming an army and getting the support of the Turkish Government.
The sacrifices of individuals and groups, such as those associated with the Silk Letter Movement, constitute a glorious chapter of India’s history of Freedom struggle and need to be acknowledged and appreciated. The stories of struggle need to be told and retold to a young generation born in a free India and enjoying the fruits of liberty.
I am happy that the Department of Posts has done its bit in this regard. Over the years, it has issued postage stamps to acknowledge the contribution of various groups and movements which in their own ways contributed to the overall effort to liberate India. The regular India Postage Stamps were introduced in October 1854 during the tenure of Governor General Lord Dalhousie. These were red lithographed stamps of one anna and blue lithographed stamps of half anna, bearing the portrait of Queen Victoria. This symbolism of British Monarchy came to an end with India gaining independence on 15th August, 1947. It was a proud moment when the greeting “Jai Hind” figured on the first three stamps issued by free India.
I am told that since then the Department has issued more than three thousand stamps, many of them on great personalities and events which had contributed to the freedom struggle.
I compliment Shri Kapil Sibal for his endeavour to dedicate stamp on the ‘Silk Letter Movement’, as it truly reflects the multi-cultural and multi-faceted dimension of the freedom struggle. I join you all in paying tribute the efforts and contributions of this great movement. Jai Hind!
Minister of communication, Mr. Kapil SIblal addressing a gathering during launch of a commemorative stamp in memory of freedom fighter Shaikhul Hind, Sibal said, "If we talk about history, businessmen have finished India. They came here to do business but went after ruling us." He was apparently referring to East India Company which entered India for trade and subsequently ruled the country for over 200 years.
"Even today such businessmen are trying to come to India. We have to think over that. Even today there are forces which are trying to come to India as businessmen and to divide us," he said without elaborating. He made the comments while speaking about the life of freedom fighter Shaikhul Hind and on his role in the struggle for country's independence. Sibal's remarks came at a time when India has opened its various sectors, including multi-brand retail, for foreign investment.
Jamiat Ulama-i Hind general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani, also the chairman of Shaikhul Hind Educational Charitable Trust, urged Sibal to include the Silk Letter Movement in history text books so that the younger generation learns about an important facet of India's freedom movement. He thanked Sibal for appreciative role in issuing stamps on Maulana Mahmood Hasan having thwarted communal tendencies which acted hurdles in recognition of role of Muslim leaders in freedom struggle. He demanded to issue tickets on Maulana Ubaidullah Sindhi and Maulana Kifayatullah and Maulana Asad Madani whose role in silk letter movement was also important.
Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Chief Maulana Usman Mansoorpuri spoke lengthily about the role of Obaidullah Sindhi and Maulana Mahmood Hasan, leaders of the movement, "This movement was a plan to mobilise the support of the governments of Afghanistan and Turkey in organizing a revolt within India to overthrow the British rule."
Maulana Mansoorpuri further said. “The stories of struggle need to be told and re-told to a young generation born in a free India and enjoying the fruits of liberty. He also demanded that the government enlist Maulana Mahmood Hasan in top rank of freedom stalwarts and his role be included in the text book.
Maulana Niaz Ahmad Farooqui advocate read out the message of Congress president Sonia Gandhi who expressed her happiness over the release of the postalal stamp.
Besides that, Governor of Uhtrakhand MR. Azeez Quraishi, K. Rahman Khan, Left. General Zameeruddin Shah VC Aligarh Muslim university, Najib Jung VC JMI, Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi pro VC Darul Uloom Deoband, Mufti Salman Mansoorpuri,Pundit Anand Mohan Gulzar Dehevi, Asghar Ali Engineer, Dr Syed Farooq, Wajahat Habibullah, K. Rahman Khan, Pundit N. K Sharma etc also spoke on the topic.
Besides that thousands of Ulama notable among them are Maulana Abdul Khaliq Sanbhali, Maulana Mujeebullah Gaondwi, Maulana Hakeemuddin Qasmi, all across the country, foreing diplomats attended the function.
The postal stamp was released on the occasion of 60th Session of Shaikhul Hind’s Silk Letter Movement Centenary organized by Shaikhul Hind charitable trust and Universal association of Spiritual Awareness.
21 July 2012 Saturday was the first day of the Holy month of Ramadhan in India. The moonsighting was not common, therefore the Hilal committees in different parts of the country concluded late night that the moonsighting was confirmed in some parts of the country like Mysore, Bangalore, Bihar etc.
Darul Uloom Deoband announced the beginning of Ramadan around 11 pm after confirmation from different sources. Likewise, The Amarat Shariah Patna, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Delhi also announced that moonsigting was confirmed and thus 21 July 2012 Saturday will be the first day of Ramadhan.
May Allah grant us taufiq to spend the Ramadan days and nights the way He pleases! May Allah accept our aamaal and make them sources of our success and deliverance! Amen!
The Imam of Ka'ba, Shaikh Abu Ibrahim Sa'ud ibn Ibrahim ibn Muhammad ash-Shuraim is due to visit Darul Uloom Deoband on 4 March 2012 Sunday in-shaAllah.
The Imam al-Shurain will be visiting India in the first week of March and meanwhile he is scheduled to visit Darul Uloom Deoband and lead the Zuhar Salah on 4 March in Masjid Rasheed.
Abu Ibrahim Sa'ud ibn Ibrahim ibn Muhammad ash-Shuraim An-Najdi Ph.d is one of the Imams and khateeb of the Grand Mosque (Masjid al-Haram) in Makkah. He holds a doctorate (Ph.D) and is a Professor of Sharia and Islamic studies at the Umm al-Qura University in Makkah, and was recently appointed as a Dean and "Specialist Professor in Fiqh" at the University.
He is also known as a researcher in fiqh, a judge, and a writer who has composed many books on aqeedah, fiqh, and Arabic poetry. Due to his position, rank, and love among Muslims, his voice has been widely recorded and is internationally distributed by various mediums. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saud_Al-Shuraim]
Last year in March, Shaikh Abdur Rahman all-Sudais also visited Darul Uloom Deoband as another Saudi scholar d Shaikh Aidh al-Qarni also visited Deoband and expressed their endorsement to Darul Uloom and its activities.
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By Md. Ali, TwoCircles.net
Darul Uloom Deoband, the centuries old Islamic seminary of the Indian subcontinent, has strongly objected to the allegations about the seminary getting funds from the Saudi government and it being a source of radicalization of Muslim youths in India.
Talking to TwoCircles.net from Deoband, Maulana Qasim Nomani, the Rector of Darul Uloom, rejected the charges leveled against the seminary by All Indian Ulema & Mashaikh Board (AIUMB). The AIUMB, which claims to be a Sufi group, had alleged that seminaries like Darul Uloom Deoband get funds from Saudi Arab and radicalize Muslim youths, poisoning their minds by Islamic extremism.
Politics, not Sufism
Hitting out at the AIUMB, Nomani accused the AIUMB of playing politics in the garb of Sufism.
“These people claim to be Sufi but Sufism was the last thing they practiced. You tell me if you find any thing remotely related to Sufism in their speeches. Sufis never call others Kafir but this is the favorite pastime of these groups,” said Nomani.
Darul Uloom reactor also said that the AIUMB needs to come out clean when it comes to its secular credentials as it hasn’t condemned the terrorism propagated by the RSS and Narendra Modi.
“These groups have always sent soft feelers to the Hindutva forces and they did that again when AIUMB talked of being soft on Modi who should be in jail for supervising genocide of Muslims,” said Maulana Nomani.
He said that, “mainstream media in India, is known for ignoring problems of the Muslim community but what you need to question is that why is it, that you find this group being covered on the front page of every news paper?.”
Nomani said that it was Darul Uloom which gave Fatwa against terrorism and it was all because of this fatwa that the media, to a large extent, changed the pattern of covering bomb blasts and Muslim community.
“The charge that Deoband is spreading Islamic extremism, is as ridiculous and baseless as it can be. People shouldn’t forget that Darul Uloom was the first among Islamic seminaries in India to condemn terrorism in all and every forms. Thanks to our Fatwa against terror, that the media changed its attitude towards Muslims vis-à-vis terror attacks and bomb blasts,” said Maulana Nomani.
On Saudi funds
Nomani said that the seminary has never accepted and in future also, will never accept funds from any government sources, be it Saudi Arab or the government of India or any state government in the country. He claimed that accepting no government funds is one of the eight basic rules governing Darul Uloom, and this was actually the last will of its founder, Maulana Qasim Nanutwi.
Regarding the charges of Saudi funds as AIUMB’s desperate attempts for cheap publicity, Nomani said that government aid was one of the reasons why the seminary and the entire Deoband fraternity, didn’t accept the Central government proposal of Central Madarsa Board as government aid was the Board’s prominent feature.
“How can we go against the vision of our elders? From the very first day of its establishment, Darul Uloom has never accepted and will never accept government funds because it’s against the basic rules which govern this Madarsa,” added Maulana Nomani.
On being Anti-Sufi
Maulana Nomani was surprised when this correspondent asked if Deoband was anti-Sufi. Claiming that Darul Uloom Deoband is part and parcel of Sufi tradition in India, he said that Deoband scholars like Ashraf Ali Thanwi, and others were Sufi saints as well and they had their Khanqah (Sufi Shrines).
“Who said we are against Sufism? We very much follow the Sufi traditions and all of our elders were Sufi practitioners of Sufi tradition,” Nomani added.
Maulana Nomani said that there are four schools of thoughts in Sufism in India -- Qadri, Chishti, Naqshbandi and Suharwardy -- and claimed that most of the teachers at Darul Uloom are associated with one of these schools.
For more: (1) http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-10-21/india/30305985_1_darul-uloom-deoband-maulana-abul-qasim-nomani-deoband-seminary